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Haiti offers vocational training to underprivileged schoolchildren
Published on January 30, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Yves Paul Leandre

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- The secretary of state for vocational training announced on Tuesday that the Haitian government had established a vocational training program that has hosted thousands of students and other young people who wish to become competitive in the labour market, in the Caribbean country where most Haitians, often jobless, face unemployment and live on less than two US dollars per day.

Secretary of State for Vocational Training, Marina Gourgue. Photo: Jean Junior Sylvestre
Marina Gourgue explained that 8,900 young Haitians, including 3,000 schoolchildren, have joined the training program in small manual jobs which will serve as an asset on the job market and enable them to meet their needs and those of their families, if by chance they fail to materialize more ambitious dreams.

"As the saying goes, it is better to show someone how to fish, instead of giving him a fish," Gourgue told HCNN on Tuesday.

"In this sense, we know that these trades will be useful to them throughout their lives," she said.

"As you know, President (Michel) Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe pay much attention to the education and training of children," stated Gourgue announcing other phases of the program.

In the 17 public training centers and 22 others subsidized by the Haitian government, youth, particularly from disadvantaged areas, learn IT, plumbing, tiling, motorcycle mechanics, agricultural techniques, masonry, pottery, carpentry, electrical and automotive maintenance.
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